Balls Out

This obstacle takes wall climbing to a whole new extreme. Using hanging ropes spaced out over an angled six-foot wall, Mudders must test their strength and agility by attempting to transverse the wall moving from side to side.

Suggested Training

Firmly secure a rope at the top of a tall, firm wall. Grab the rope and place feet on the wall, running back and forth along the wall in a wide arc. Yell “Freedom” once per two swings.

Rope Climbs – Climb 5 feet up a rope as fast as possible, then slowly climb back down. Repeat 3 times. Rest for 3 minutes. Complete 3 rounds.
Push-ups – Complete 20 reps. Rest 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.
Squat jumps – Perform 15 reps. Rest for 2 minutes. Perform 3 rounds.
Side shuffles – With feet shoulder-width apart, rapidly shuffle to the right for 20 steps. Shuffle back in the other direction. Repeat 3 times.

Tough Mudder Tips

With a firm grip on the first rope and your legs sitting at 90 degrees from the wall, shuffle sideways in a wide arc. At the edge of your swing, grab the next subsequent rope and continue across. Be sure to keep your legs pressed back at all times to prevent your feet from slipping out from under you.

About Joe DiFiglia

Fitness and sport enthusiast. Spartan Race Junky. I have been a martial artist since the age of 4 and addicted to anything challenging. Years of Martial Arts training provides the ability to keep going when my body really wants to quit.

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